BOSTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / May 15, 2023 / Frederica M. Williams, president and CEO of Whittier Street Health Center, a community health center with a mission to serve as a center of excellence that provides high-quality and accessible health care and social services that achieve health equity, social justice, and the economic well-being of a diverse patient population, was among 200 Black women honored during a May 12 special event at the Massachusetts State House hosted by Amaka Ubaka of Channel 7 News.
The 200 honorees represent all Black women who have worked tirelessly to make the greater Boston area a better place since the 1700s. The list was determined by members of the Black Women Lead Honorary Committee who researched the lives of Black Women leaders from the greater Boston area from the 18th century through the present.
In addition to Williams, the distinguished list includes Joyce London Alexander, the first African American to be appointed Chief Magistrate judge in the United States, and Chloe Spear, an African-born woman who authored “Lady of Boston” and lived both as a slave and free woman in Boston.
“To be included in such an illustrious list is a true honor,” said Williams. “The contributions that these Black women leaders have made over the centuries are immeasurable and a testament to their intelligence, talent, determination, and strength of mind and character.
“This award represents all the Black women on whose shoulders I rest – my family, colleagues and patients at Whittier,” Williams continued.
The event was presented by Boston City Councilor Brian Worrell, State Representative Christopher Worrell, and Ed Gaskin, executive director of the Greater Grove Hall Main Streets, with support from The Kraft Foundation.
The Black Women Lead Honorary Committee members include Senator Elizabeth